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Hey guys - first post! I'm gonna pile on the canyons bandwagon here, and would definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area. I'm not sure what people dislike so much about the layout. Yeah, it pays to have a trail map handy, but I think the layout spreads out the crowds well. Generally the only lift lines you'll encounter are at the Gondola in the morning, and maybe at some of the lifts around the red pine lodge, but usually just on the busiest days. I think it's kind of fun setting out and exploring different parts of the resort, and getting to and from different areas. My biggest complaint, which has been previously noted, is that the southern 2/3rd's of the resort have limited facilities at best - just some outdoor grills and porta-potties.How does it stack up against DV and PCMR? It's bigger, generally less crowded, and I think has better, more interesting terrain. As noted, it's not the best choice for skiers who like green runs as they are concentrated in a small area with a limited number of runs to pick from. Otherwise, it has lots of everything else - steeps, chutes, bowls, bumps, trees, groomers, inbounds hiking and back-country access. Someone also mentioned the short vertical here, but I think it skis longer than DV or PCMR. The Canyons has 5 different lifts with more than 1400 vertical spread across 5 separate peaks. DV has 3 (all on the same peak) and PCMR has only 1.
I thought is was a pithy epigram, but to weaken it by explaining -- some of the terrain and snow are good. The layout of the lifts and trail network and the big roads and houses running through the middle of the slopes on the lower half of the mountain are bad. The difficulty getting from the parking lot to the base lodge is annoying.
Our group (three adults and three kids) got seperated when skiing together (on the same trail) and wound up at the bottom of different lifts. And none of us thought we turned off the trail.
I'm sure you get used to it and/or learn work-arounds if you go there a lot. Maybe I just started out grumpy that day. But I was sufficiently turned off that there may never be another chance for the Canyons to change my mind.